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miatamel
12-08-2007, 10:02 AM
The only thing DD6 has asked Santa Babe for is a "rill" guitar. I'm a piano person myself so know nothing about guitars but have hunted until I'm sick of hunting for the right one! I thought I had it pegged until she drew what she wanted this week and it was a "rock and roll" guitar--apparently an electric cutaway! So do I start her on an electric or have Santa disappoint her with an acoustic? I hate to put alot of money in one since I don't know how serious she is or if she just wants to pretend to be a rock star and famous. I like the Luna brands and Daisy Rocks, but again, I don't know at this point if I'm getting what I like vs. what she wants vs. what she needs.
Any input would be GREAT!

kandeebunny
12-08-2007, 10:30 AM
start with a half size acoustic, once you get the electric and the amp and everything else she will need it'll be a lot more if she doesn't stick with it.

Also get her lessons I was self taught and gave up I was so frusterated lol

flying_babyb
12-08-2007, 10:30 AM
I would shoot for a USED electric. I saw one at a local guitar shop for 50 bucks. Daisy rock ones are a bit pricey but there a darn good brand. I know I want one. my sister (now 7) got a guitar at age 5 to be "Just like Jenny"

java
12-08-2007, 10:54 AM
I wouldn't start her out with electric for her first "real" guitar.

Have you checked out these
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2841367

I play acoustic and started when I was 8- at 6 I don't think she really will have the patience for the practice it takes.

Gibson is my favorite real guitar maker. If you wait until 8 for the real one you would go full size.

Kimmumum
12-08-2007, 01:00 PM
My DS9 saved up last year to buy his own electric guitar. We bought it at Target. I think it was about $75 on sale for around $60. It came with the amp too. He still loves it.:love:

TupperMom7
12-08-2007, 03:28 PM
When our son was 5 we got him a guitar through JCPenny.com and it lasted a long time and sounded pretty good too. It was not an electric guitar however.

Plantlady
12-08-2007, 04:15 PM
when my oldest was five, he wanted an electric guitar. We bought him an acoustic, not sure of the brand, but we bought it from a music shop, for around $85. We signed him up for lessons. Every time he went, he pointed out all of the electric guitars he would rather have.

He never picked up the acoustic, just because he wanted electric so much.

Of course, he's a stubborn kid. :)

But, my gut says, if she wants electric, get her electric.

tl_swift
12-08-2007, 04:46 PM
Don't buy a guitar brand new what ever you decide. Look in a pawn shop, flea market etc. The neck size for what is comfortable for her will change as she grows. If you can try to talk her into a classic nylon string guitar.

HunnyPots
12-08-2007, 04:59 PM
Actually - since you asked for suggestions - I would suggest telling her 'no', at least for this year. I've never met a six year old yet that had the attention span and dedication required to learn guitar. Or the dexterity. Does she have any idea how bad it's gonna hurt her fingers when she presses down those strings to play a chord? Let me tell you, it hurts a lot! At six, she most likely has no idea that she won't be able to play it when she first takes it out of the box. You might try taking her to a music store where she can try one out. When she realizes how hard it is, she might just change her mind and save you the money and frustration. Just a thought...

onelugnut
12-08-2007, 05:10 PM
ditto, on the skip that present thing.
waste of money in my opinion.
I am self taught and yes its hard. guitar especially is hard.
my own son says he wants to learn (he is 9), but i refuse to start him yet
I have a little play around guitar for him, and when he shows the
true interest and drive to learn i will be happy to have a music buddy.

better off if you insist, spending the money on music lessons,
ie. piano, usually done on keyboards these days
and trust me, pressing keyboards is a lot easier than twisting into chords on a guitar.
also gives a better understanding of music so that when the hands are big and strong enough, they will be able to move right into guitar.
(same instrument really)

amyup
12-08-2007, 05:13 PM
My 7.5 DS wants an electric guitar for Christmas too. I picked one up at Target for $100 but after looking at it decided it was too big for him and am not sure he will play with it or not. I ended up buying him the "Power Tour" guitar at Amazon for $20 yesterday. It looks fun and it won't be a big deal if he doesn't play with it much.

Amy

mrsklamc
12-08-2007, 05:25 PM
I am not sure about guitars, but most music shops rent band-type instruments. Maybe you can rent a guitar, and if she doesn't show interest/dedication, take it back. I would not suggest getting her an acoustic if she wants an electric, unless you sit down and have a conversation about how if she is dedicated with it then someday she can have an electric.

Plantlady
12-08-2007, 05:27 PM
Actually - since you asked for suggestions - I would suggest telling her 'no', at least for this year. I've never met a six year old yet that had the attention span and dedication required to learn guitar. Or the dexterity. Does she have any idea how bad it's gonna hurt her fingers when she presses down those strings to play a chord? Let me tell you, it hurts a lot! At six, she most likely has no idea that she won't be able to play it when she first takes it out of the box. You might try taking her to a music store where she can try one out. When she realizes how hard it is, she might just change her mind and save you the money and frustration. Just a thought...

I started playing the mandolin and banjo at the age of six.. the mandolin hurt my fingers bad, but I was encouraged to keep on playing, and it would get better.

Anyway, point is, I still play the mandolin. yes, it hurt, but, it doesn't hurt forever. The more you play the less it hurts.

If a child truly wants to play, and they have role models that are also playing, they will play. I had my grandfather, encouraging me all the time. He still does, to this day.

Even though my DS didn't like his lessons at the age of five, all three of my boys still love picking up and playing the guitar we bought him years ago. I don't regret buying it for him at all. Musical instruments are a wonderful gift.

mrsklamc
12-08-2007, 05:48 PM
Well said, Plant lady!
Lots of kids don't give up on their passions because of pain.

bcoyoh
12-08-2007, 06:08 PM
My DS (10) plays guitar and he started on a mini strat at the age of 6. It has a smaller neck so it isn't uncomfortable for him to play. My husband is an avid guitar player and this is what he decided to buy my son when he first showed interest in playing.

You can find the mini strat at Guitar Center or any guitar store for around $100.00. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Mini-Strat-Electric-Guitar-102084118-i1146336.gc

I think you can find a pretty inexpensive amp to go along with it.

Hope this helps..

java
12-08-2007, 06:10 PM
Ah the blisters. Yes the steel strings are rough. I started with them as my teacher would only teach on steel strings(Mr. Tanico still remember him 30+ years later.

littlele
12-08-2007, 06:51 PM
I completely disagree with those who say that this age is not ready for lessons.

Why do I disagree? From the experience I have had with my daughter. She has played since she was 4 (she's now 9). While she is now great prodigy, I think it has been a helpful 'side education'.

As far as what guitar, I would go electric if that is what interests her. My daughter started on a 1/2 size acoustic and then got her first electric after playing for 1 year. She now loves it and really doesn't care much for the acoustic. Anyhow, at 9 she still plays a small version (daisy rock, actually). So if she sticks with it, she should have it for quite a while. There is no way her little hands could play a full size for a few more years.

Hope that is in someway helpful!

rogerram
12-08-2007, 07:53 PM
you can get beginners package guitar sets. you can look at musiciansfriend.com or guitar center. Many stores like BJ's and Walmart also carry these. My son started with a Fender package that is a lower end guitar and amp,but good enough to start. If she gets more interested after a few years, which should include lessons, then you can upgrade to better then.

miatamel
12-08-2007, 10:33 PM
Thank you all so much for your thoughtful responses. Only problem is, they are all over the map! And I'm so wishy washy I still don't know what to do! I do have reservations about the gift, but since it is the ONLY thing she has asked Santa for, and since this is a child that doesn't ask for much and get indulged throughout the year, and since I want her to continue believing for a few more years, I decided to go ahead. I honestly don't think it's a love for music driving her, it's a love for stage and some kind of latent desire to be famous! I have talked with her about the need for lessons and since I am profoundly left handed and she is right handed I wouldn't be able to help her much blah blah and she seems to get it. But, that being said, I didn't know about the pain with the chords and she really might not want to continue through that. She's a tomboy, but she's never had much dealings with pain! There is a beautiful Luna guitar (made by girls for girls) with a mermaid on it for only $69 that's gotten good reviews and I don't mind spending that. There is also a petite electric made by luna, pink, for $119, w/out amp. I have in my cart at Amazon a Daisy Rock acoustic starter package with purple guitar (a color she requested--along with blue or green) and tuner, strap, gig bag, decals etc for a pricey $223. I keep thinking if she didn't keep it up I'd just pick it up as I read music and enjoy it. But like I said I'm all over the map--having acoustic in my cart at musiciansfriend.com; electric in cart at music123 and the starter pack at Amazon! I just can't seem to hit the "buy" button in any of them because none of them feel right. Somebody convince me!! Am I right in that if she gets electric it HAS to be plugged in to hear? I would think that would make her less mobile and not work well for her?
Signed,
Charlie Brown! (wishy washy)

littlele
12-09-2007, 12:07 AM
First of all, I am sure that you will not regret going ahead with buying the guitar.

Chords will hurt if she plays a ton right away. I am guessing that that will not be the case. Being only 6, she will probably get introduced to the chords and will not be obsessing with them to the point of severe pain. Just guessing though.

As I mentioned before, my DD started lessons at 4. Getting into more detail, I took lessons with her (1/2 hour private lessons) so I could help her along and know what she was doing. The reason I point this out is, I am a left hander. I learned to play the guitar the 'right handed' way though. It actually seemed to make more sense, since I consider the fret hand the more difficult (vs. the strumming hand) and so playing right handed really made more sense.

Also wanted to add, you can always get a mini amp if you decide to go electric. Little girls being little girls, the cute little amps may just appeal to her, you can get them for less than $40 and they will provide enough sound for her.

Hope some of this made sense!

roadtripper
12-09-2007, 05:52 AM
Is there any chance that she would be happy with an I Can Play guitar? I got one for DS-- he wants a rock n roll guitar. They come in purple, and they have a computer program that teaches the kids which button to push to play real music. Plus, they're more reasonable than investing in a whole system. If she likes that, maybe Santa will get her the real thing next year (and you'll have time to save for it!)

mickeysaver
12-09-2007, 07:46 AM
When I was about that same age, I too asked Santa for a guitar. Well, I got one, but to my ultimate frustration, I never was given lessons and I was not musically inclined enough to figure it out for myself. So, while I would strum it now and then and wish that I knew how to make music with it, it never happened. I still wish that my parents had supported me more in that pursuit.

Of course, these are the same parental units that gave me the telephone that I asked for as a gift for my 16th birthday, but never installed a telephone line in my room where I could use it.

Sometimes, my parents just sucked. Maggie

littlele
12-09-2007, 09:58 AM
When I was about that same age, I too asked Santa for a guitar. Well, I got one, but to my ultimate frustration, I never was given lessons and I was not musically inclined enough to figure it out for myself. So, while I would strum it now and then and wish that I knew how to make music with it, it never happened. I still wish that my parents had supported me more in that pursuit.

Of course, these are the same parental units that gave me the telephone that I asked for as a gift for my 16th birthday, but never installed a telephone line in my room where I could use it.

Sometimes, my parents just sucked. Maggie


Seriously?! A phone without a line? That really takes the cake-sorry for that not so fond memory.

HayGan
12-09-2007, 10:03 AM
Target has the Power Tour Electric Guitar on sale this week for $44.99 plus you get a $10 Target gift card when you purchase it! They also have the amp on sale for $24.99. I would have a hard time spending more than that until she is a little bit older and shows a stronger interest/commitment to it.

My sister bought my nephew a nice guitar from a pawn shop last year for $40. That is a good place to look for one as well.

miatamel
12-09-2007, 10:20 AM
Target has the Power Tour Electric Guitar on sale this week for $44.99 plus you get a $10 Target gift card when you purchase it! They also have the amp on sale for $24.99. I would have a hard time spending more than that until she is a little bit older and shows a stronger interest/commitment to it.

My sister bought my nephew a nice guitar from a pawn shop last year for $40. That is a good place to look for one as well.

I just looked this up and it said for ages 10-15. Do you think this could work for a six year old? OKAY, WAIT! I just read this further-I'm on dialup and it takes forever for a picture to load (it still hasn't)--the reviewer just said it doesn't have strings??? I'm not sure, sounded good until then. Might seem more like a toy??

And is the I Can Play Guitar a good thing? Or is it really just a toy? (I just got her to define a "rill" guitar as she specified she didn't want a toy!)

And another question--if I get her a real electric guitar, do you HAVE to have an amp to hear/play it?

I've got to either pee or get off the pot, if you know what I mean, or it won't get here by Christmas!! (I'm in a rural area--no Target within 2 hours and no mall within 40)

dis4harley
12-09-2007, 10:36 AM
There is a beautiful Luna guitar (made by girls for girls) with a mermaid on it for only $69 that's gotten good reviews and I don't mind spending that. There is also a petite electric made by luna, pink, for $119, w/out amp. Signed,
Charlie Brown! (wishy washy)


Can you tell me where you found the Luna for $69??

Thanks
Alisha

miatamel
12-09-2007, 10:44 AM
Can you tell me where you found the Luna for $69??

Thanks
Alisha

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=luna

http://www.music123.com/Search/Default.aspx?src=luna&o=1

This is the one I'd love to get her--I just think it's beautiful! But I think it would be buying more what I want for her than what she wants!

Caitsmama
12-09-2007, 10:57 AM
I am so glad you asked this question!!! My dd is going to be 7 next month, and has been begging for a real guitar for almost 2 years. This year it is the ONLY thing (like your dd) that she has asked Santa for! I told her that IF Santa does bring her one, she will HAVE to take lessons -- which she actually agrees to and really wants to! She has a 10 yr old girl cousin who has been playing for about 2 years now, and loves it - so i think she looks up to her alot.

I too, have been hunting the local shops - figured Acoustic would be the better starting road - but now, i am going to check into all these sites you have posted.. LOL, My niece started with Acoustic, and just recently bought herself an electric and amp.
What ever happened to Barbies????? LOL

I am going to be following your answers - off to investigate these other sites.. LOL

Caitsmama
12-09-2007, 11:08 AM
BTW - does anyone know what the size in inches is for a 3/4 size guitar?

littlele
12-09-2007, 12:36 PM
BTW - does anyone know what the size in inches is for a 3/4 size guitar?

Are you asking what height is the 3/4 size good for?

Caitsmama
12-09-2007, 12:44 PM
I don't know..lol.. My dd is about 48", and i thought i was told she should be in a 3/4 size.. but some sites are confusing when you are trying to figure out what size the guitar is..
I saw a Carlo Robelli Carly 3/4 size kit for 90.60 on Amazon, but i don't know if the quality is ok.. i like the Daisy Rock Wildwood series, but the prices are double.. I mean, i would really like to stay under $100 - if she sticks with it, i will upgrade in a year or so.. i am losing my mind here..

littleshamrock
12-09-2007, 12:49 PM
PLEASE DO NOT BUY A CHEAP GUITAR FOR YOUR CHILD!!!!!

We bought one for DS5 (I believe it was a First Act), and when I was tuning it (I played several instruments through school, and know what I am doing),a string snapped and sliced my finger open. I couldn't imagine the damage it would have done to my eye, or a little child's finger. The guitar we bought was a piece of junk. If you decide to buy a guitar, please take the suggestions of fellow posters of higher quality, yet smaller, instruments.

littlele
12-09-2007, 12:59 PM
I don't know..lol.. My dd is about 48", and i thought i was told she should be in a 3/4 size.. but some sites are confusing when you are trying to figure out what size the guitar is..
I saw a Carlo Robelli Carly 3/4 size kit for 90.60 on Amazon, but i don't know if the quality is ok.. i like the Daisy Rock Wildwood series, but the prices are double.. I mean, i would really like to stay under $100 - if she sticks with it, i will upgrade in a year or so.. i am losing my mind here..


I don't know much, but here's what I know. My daughter has played a 3/4 size since she was somewhere around 4ft and still plays it at 4' 9".
I don't have first hand experience with the Daisy Rock acoustics, but we do have an electric from them and it's has been great. As you know, it's all about the cuteness when it comes to girls, so my daughter got a butterfly guitar from Santa 2 years ago. The guys at the guitar shop where she takes lessons were surprised that is was not just 'cute' but a pretty good guitar too.

Caitsmama
12-09-2007, 01:04 PM
I believe that all the above mentioned guitars are of a good quality.. it is just a matter of "names" and "prettiness" i think.. The acoustic that was recommened to me by a large music store near me was 69.00 - which i was going to be getting tomorrow, but it is just plain wood - if i could find a comparible pink one, life would be great. LOL ;)

mickeysaver
12-09-2007, 07:14 PM
When I was about that same age, I too asked Santa for a guitar. Well, I got one, but to my ultimate frustration, I never was given lessons and I was not musically inclined enough to figure it out for myself. So, while I would strum it now and then and wish that I knew how to make music with it, it never happened. I still wish that my parents had supported me more in that pursuit.

Of course, these are the same parental units that gave me the telephone that I asked for as a gift for my 16th birthday, but never installed a telephone line in my room where I could use it.

Sometimes, my parents just sucked. Maggie

Seriously?! A phone without a line? That really takes the cake-sorry for that not so fond memory.

Yep, it's no lie. There still isn't a phone line in my old room. I'm 40 now. I got a white princess phone that I finally got to hook up when I got to college. Maggie

HayGan
12-09-2007, 07:21 PM
I just looked this up and it said for ages 10-15. Do you think this could work for a six year old? OKAY, WAIT! I just read this further-I'm on dialup and it takes forever for a picture to load (it still hasn't)--the reviewer just said it doesn't have strings??? I'm not sure, sounded good until then. Might seem more like a toy??

And is the I Can Play Guitar a good thing? Or is it really just a toy? (I just got her to define a "rill" guitar as she specified she didn't want a toy!)

And another question--if I get her a real electric guitar, do you HAVE to have an amp to hear/play it?

I've got to either pee or get off the pot, if you know what I mean, or it won't get here by Christmas!! (I'm in a rural area--no Target within 2 hours and no mall within 40)


I'm really not sure. Thankflly a guitar isn't on my boys list this year! I did see the guitar I mentioned earlier at Walmart tonight for $25!!!

Caitsmama
12-10-2007, 04:51 AM
HayGan, While i am sure the guitar toy that you mentioned is ok -- it is just that -- a toy. If the OP's dd wants a genuine real guitar - she is better off buying one. I had gotten my dd a toy guitar either last Christmas or the one before, and it just didn't do it for her.. now she wants the real thing. ;)

I called my music store yesterday - after all this discussion, and bascially they told me this: If my dd7, REALLY wanted to start on an electric guitar, she could, they had a red one there for about 129.00, but you also need an amp. They DO do repairs on other instruments, that they don't sell, however, starting Jan.1st they will no longer be doing repairs on "department store" stuff.. it's not worth their time, (which i can totally see), I asked them about Luna brand and Daisy Rocks brand - they honestly said they never heard of Luna (and they have been around quite a while), but they said that Daisy Rocks is decent.
So....... my conclusion on this is - I am goin to get dd just a basic wooden acoustic guitar - that i was shown by this store -- for 69.00, and a case (additional 20.00), and at least i know they will tune it for me, and that it was sold by them, and if she ends up at this particular place for lessons, i think it will just work out best for me.. HOWEVER, that being said, i am also going to be doing this::
Since i know my dd would LOVE a PINK electric guitar (or so she thinks), i am going to leave her a note from Santa.. That if she takes lessons and takes care of her acoustic guitar for one year, that next Christmas, he will see to it that the elves will make her a PINK electric guitar with amp.
I think that is the best way for me to go. Then if she sticks with it, and takes care of it.. i will be ok spending 300.00 for a pink electric guitar from Daisy Rocks and amp next year.. but to just go off and buy that amount now is just crazy to me.. when i am not even 100% positive how long she will want to play.. kwim?

marshallandcartersmo
12-12-2007, 06:35 AM
PLEASE DO NOT BUY A CHEAP GUITAR FOR YOUR CHILD!!!!!

We bought one for DS5 (I believe it was a First Act), and when I was tuning it (I played several instruments through school, and know what I am doing),a string snapped and sliced my finger open. I couldn't imagine the damage it would have done to my eye, or a little child's finger. The guitar we bought was a piece of junk. If you decide to buy a guitar, please take the suggestions of fellow posters of higher quality, yet smaller, instruments.


We just bought this same electric guitar for DS6 for Christmas. DH and I opened it up to check it out yesterday and were so disapointed in the quality!! We're taking it back today and are now on the hunt for a used smaller electric one.

HayGan, While i am sure the guitar toy that you mentioned is ok -- it is just that -- a toy. If the OP's dd wants a genuine real guitar - she is better off buying one. I had gotten my dd a toy guitar either last Christmas or the one before, and it just didn't do it for her.. now she wants the real thing. ;)

I called my music store yesterday - after all this discussion, and bascially they told me this: If my dd7, REALLY wanted to start on an electric guitar, she could, they had a red one there for about 129.00, but you also need an amp. They DO do repairs on other instruments, that they don't sell, however, starting Jan.1st they will no longer be doing repairs on "department store" stuff.. it's not worth their time, (which i can totally see), I asked them about Luna brand and Daisy Rocks brand - they honestly said they never heard of Luna (and they have been around quite a while), but they said that Daisy Rocks is decent.
So....... my conclusion on this is - I am goin to get dd just a basic wooden acoustic guitar - that i was shown by this store -- for 69.00, and a case (additional 20.00), and at least i know they will tune it for me, and that it was sold by them, and if she ends up at this particular place for lessons, i think it will just work out best for me.. HOWEVER, that being said, i am also going to be doing this::
Since i know my dd would LOVE a PINK electric guitar (or so she thinks), i am going to leave her a note from Santa.. That if she takes lessons and takes care of her acoustic guitar for one year, that next Christmas, he will see to it that the elves will make her a PINK electric guitar with amp.
I think that is the best way for me to go. Then if she sticks with it, and takes care of it.. i will be ok spending 300.00 for a pink electric guitar from Daisy Rocks and amp next year.. but to just go off and buy that amount now is just crazy to me.. when i am not even 100% positive how long she will want to play.. kwim?


This is a great idea OP. I would love to do this same thing, but DH disagrees w/me and thinks we should just get DS the one he wants now, then IF he likes it we won't have to buy him another one later. I'm learning to choose my battles, but the price difference drives me crazy!! :scared1:

Caitsmama
12-12-2007, 08:46 AM
Well, I bought my dd an acousitc wooden guitar from the music store near me. It cost me $120 for the guitar, the soft carry case, and a stand. (with tax.)
I decided to go this route, and leave a note from santa, that if she takes lessons for one year, next year the elves will make her a pink electric guitar if she wants.
I just can't see spending $300 on a pink electric now (with amp) until i know that she will REALLY like to play. I just don't have that extra $$, we are going on too many vacations too soon! LOL ;)
I also talked to the guy at the store, and i think i am also going to somehow, personalize her guitar.. either with decals or paint or something -- anyone have ideas?? To make it more "girly". Nothing overboard.. just maybe something to make it special. I love to paint/embellish, so i am sure i can figure out something.. LOL
I must admit, it is a very nice guitar. And the guy took it out of the box for me and tuned it up. Gotta love that!

ETA: I also got her 4 pink picks.. :) I think i may take one and drill a hole in it and make a necklace for her out of it..

rogerram
12-12-2007, 09:41 AM
I'm not sure what ad I saw it in this past weekend, but they had a fender package, with a low end strat, amp and bag for I think it was either $129 or $149. It was probably either target, best buy or circuit city, just not sure which one and I don't still have the adds. I'm sure it would be listed on the web site of the store . It is a good starter kit.

Caitsmama
12-12-2007, 09:58 AM
I would just investigate the department store stuff good.. and ask the local shops if they will repair it.. as i stated, our music store will no longer take the time to repair department store stuff as of Jan.
That price sounds extremely low for an electric guitar and amp, and bag.. i would be concerned about quality, although the brand is good..
I know too, that my dd specifically wants a pink guitar, so i wouldn't be able to settle for less.. LOl ;) That's why i am saying you might be better to start off on an acoustic, and if she sticks with it, upgrade to a really special electric later.